SRINAGAR — A video went viral on social media in Kashmir in which the Assistant District Commissioner (ADC) Baramulla is seen thrashing and beating people in Baramulla town in an attempt to enforce a strict lockdown in the district.
Locals and netizens are aghast with the behaviour of the senior officer beating men and women with a stick in his hand.
Locals have demanded the Lieutenant Governor administration to take the official to task for thrashing and beating people and humiliating them.
“People are not allowed to go shopping when a strict lockdown has been in place for the last ten days. People have emergencies like going to a clinic or hospital or buying medicine for patients. But ADC Baramulla has crossed all the limits of a civic and sensible officer by thrashing all and sundry in the town,” Faheem ul Haq, a local from Baramulla, said.
Mohit Bhan, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) spokesman, demanded suspension of the officer.
“This hooliganism on the streets of Baramulla is happening today under the garb of lockdown. This psychopath needs to be booked and suspended. Abusing, beating people, hitting cars, scaring single women along with administrative “Goons” is Naya Kashmir,” he wrote on Twitter.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sheikh Khalid Jehangir wrote on his Twitter: “Law enforcement agencies can’t behave like goons. With authority there is responsibility. Strict action should be taken against him for violating Human Rights. He can’t beat people.”
When contacted by KDC, ADC Baramulla Muhammad Ahsan said: “The administration is trying to strictly implement a lockdown in the district as serious violations by people were seen in the last two days.”
“The thrashing of lockdown violators is not deliberate or with any mala fide intention. We urge people to not violate lockdown guidelines and not move outside homes unless emergencies,” Ahsan said when asked about the video in which he is seen thrashing people. (KDC)